I can’t remember if I have brought it up on this blog before or not, but one of my first jobs in high school was working at a little mom and pop owned coffee shop in my small town. I loved it! So much so, that I frequently ponder what it would be like to throw my career out the window and open my own little coffee shop. There was just something so touching about being part of someone’s morning. Pretty much everyone was a regular and I knew what they did for work every day, I knew their families, and almost 20 years later I still remember several of their orders. I kind of have a crazy memory like that. LOL
While I started out as a barista for the first couple of months, I actually got the opportunity to start baking on the weekends too. I loved it! I would go in at 5 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings, crank up the radio, and had the whole kitchen to myself. I would bake dozens of assorted muffins, croissants, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and some of my favorite items were the scones. Chocolate chip scones to be exact. You have not lived if you have not had a scone fresh out of the oven. If they are done right, they are crumbly on the outside and just a little doughy in the middle, have just the right amount of density, and are a little sweet, but not too sweet (unless they are savory scones).
Scones are the perfect thing to make for special occasions, or even just on a lazy Sunday around the house. Making these for my family the other weekend brought back so many memories of that coffee shop. It is amazing how certain food can do that.
So, what food item do you associate with certain memories or a time in your life? Share in the comments below. I would love to hear from you. 😀
2 1/4 c flour
1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick cold butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 c mini chocolate chips
3/4 c heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 400º.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
- Add the cubed butter to the mix and using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry ingredients. (The mixture should become very crumbly with no large chunks of butter remaining.)
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- In a small separate bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, egg, and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredient to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Transfer the dough mix to a cutting board and using your hands form the dough into an 8-inch circle.
- Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 8 evenly sized triangles.
- Brush the tops of the scones with heavy cream and then transfer to the parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 14–17 minutes or until the edges are a nice golden brown.